Catapult Softcover $16.95 (352pp) 978-1-936787-50-0
Southern music and keen observations move the teenage protagonist toward adulthood in this thoughtful book.
James Kelman’s Dirt Road is the story of a talented but self-conscious teenager who is just beginning to grapple with adult realities.
Sixteen-year-old Murdo and his father, Tom, are emotionally stunned by the recent deaths of Murdo’s mother and sister. They leave their native Scotland to visit relatives in the southern United States. Along the way, a chance encounter with a family of zydeco musicians sparks a connection between Murdo’s budding but undeveloped musical talent and a richly-spiced stew of southern American folk music—a connection that may help him to bridge the gap between cultures, as well as the one between youth and adulthood.